Archive for August, 2016
I recently posted on Facebook, then as a web page, a request for voluntary compensation (“donation” implies I’ve done nothing to merit it) for the content I’ve given away free for many years.
My request for financial support during a life crisis when I can’t pay my bills hasn’t brought in a dime.
I conclude I’m unpopular. I conclude I’ve been rejected.
It’s logical and not all that surprising.
I’m pro-gun and have written major newspaper and magazine Op-Eds and articles, books, and made two movies supporting the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, but because I’m not also an anti-abortion / pro-police / close-the-borders cultural conservative the Second Amendment activists won’t support me.
Because I’ve written in favor of regarding creative works as deserving property rights I’ve pissed off most of the current “anti-IP” libertarian movement.
Because most libertarians are atheists, as I was into my 30’s, then I talked about how “I Met God,” I’ve generated intense hostility from libertarians and atheists; but my stating I now believe in God got me no support from any religious affiliation since I say my change-of-mind came not from “religion, scripture, or faith” but instead from direct experience.
Because I won’t endorse the Johnson-Weld ticket of the Libertarian Party the LP supporters reject me.
Because I’ve said I’m voting for Donald Trump despite my being in favor of open borders, off-the-books workers, and Edward Snowden, the Trump supporters don’t like me.
Because instead of rock or country music I chose classical violin music for the soundtrack of my movie Alongside Night, I alienated a lot of potential fans.
J. Neil Schulman, directing Alongside Night
Because in my “brothel-meets-Jihadis” comedy Lady Magdalene’s I have no nudity or sex scenes, I disappointed adolescents who expected a movie set in a Nevada brothel would have both, but because I linked modern prostitutes to the biblical whore Rahab I also tick off Christian fundamentalists.
Libertarians are fish-out-of-water to both liberals and conservatives. Despite my having won praise for my libertarian writing from Milton Friedman, Anthony Burgess, Charlton Heston, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Neil Smith, Robert Anton Wilson, F. Paul Wilson, Colin Wilson, Poul Anderson, Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven, Gregory Benford, David Brin, Nathaniel Branden, Ron Paul, Thomas S. Szasz, Grover Norquist, Silk Road founder “The Dread Pirate Roberts,” Jeff Riggenbach, Walter Block, Kerry Pearson, Dyanne Petersen, Doug Casey, Wendy McElroy, Glenn Beck, Alex Jones, Michael Medved, Walter Williams, Piers Anthony, Brad Linaweaver, Samuel Edward Konkin III, and prominent others, I’m a fish-out-of-water even to libertarians like Lew Rockwell, Jeffrey Tucker, and John Stossel.
It would have been so simple to be more popular.
All I would have had to leave behind was my mind.
Want J. Neil Schulman’s Free Stuff?
Help Pay His Bills!
For many years I’ve been giving away books and other things I write, research, and produce for free.
- Alongside Night, now both the latest PDF edition of the novel and an online link to watch the full action movie.
- My full-length comedy “brothel meets domestic-terrorist” movie, Lady Magdalene’s.
- A personal website with articles, photos, and more rich content.
- The PDF edition of my trade paperback book Stopping Power: Why 70 Million Americans Own Guns.
- The two-volume history of my first venture into eBook publishing back in 1990, SoftServ, in the eBook Book Publishing in the 21st Century.
- My website The World Wide Web Gun Defense Clock.
- The complete audiobook I Met God.
- Two blogs with years worth of articles, short stories, and complete books.
Keep on reading. All these free links are further down.
All free, no charge, no registration, nobody’s name, Facebook, Twitter, email address, or other online personal info collected for future marketing. Hundreds of thousands of views and downloads, possibly well into seven figures because I never kept close track of a lot of it.
Today I made sure everything of mine I sell on line on Amazon has an up-to-date affiliate link.
I am arranging to fix broken automatic download links that vend seven PDF editions of my books for sale so that I don’t have to email books when a Paypal payment is made.
I also made sure that on every page I give away my work for free (other than on Youtube) there’s a “Like it? Reward it!” Paypal link. Some of my websites aren’t compatible with the link so I link them to this page, which is.
I have to do this. I’m 63 and it has come to my attention that “the golden years” require a stash of gold I don’t have.
My daughter informs me it would be unseemly to go into details. But in an age when everything I have produced in a long career has been displaced from brick-and-mortar stores and competes with an ocean of free entertainment digitized as my own creative output has been, I am in serious danger of not being able to sustain my continued ability to pay my bills.
Here are some links to where I give away free stuff, not all with “Like it? Reward it!” Paypal buttons:
Watch here: Alongside Night the Complete Feature-length Movie. Written and Directed by J. Neil Schulman.
Watch here: Lady Magdalene’s the Complete Feature-length Movie. Written and Directed by J. Neil Schulman.
The World According to J. Neil Schulman personal website, with his book links, articles, photos, bio info, and much more!
Free short and full-length videos — movies, interviews, speeches, music, historic videos, and much, much more! Celebrity guests include Kevin Sorbo, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Walter Cronkite, Alex Jones, Ron Paul!
I appreciate your patronage.
J Neil Schulman
August 27, 2016
Until now the Alongside Night movie has been available only in limited theatrical showings, the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and streaming on iTunes and Amazon Video/Amazon Prime.
The movie has been pirated and is being offered free on pirate movie websites.
Alongside Night as an independent film is as good an adaptation as the original novel’s author was able to make on a low-budget, first writing the screenplay adaptation then producing and directing the movie.
Speaking first person, I — the novelist — like the movie we made very much.
But the movie has been trolled endlessly on IMDb and IMDb’s parent company, Amazon.com, which allows endless down-rating of the movie by anonymous sock-puppet accounts. I believe this is an organized campaign of disinformation to give the impression to as wide an Internet readership as possible that the movie sucks. I strongly suspect but have no way of proving that statist enemies of libertarian information and entertainment media are behind this. If I succeed, it opens up the floodgates to other libertarian authors and filmmakers — even some who themselves spend their energy trashing this movie.
This ends now. Watch the movie and make up your own mind.
The movie is now free to watch on the web. Share this.
But please also make as big a contribution as you can afford to support the author/filmmaker — me. Without such contributions I can’t continue to do my part for the libertarian movement. Also consider this my audition for making more libertarian movies and books.
The Like It/Reward It link is on this web page.
Also, you might want to buy this movie at even higher quality with all the extra features.
Here are the contents of the Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack currently on sale on Amazon for $12.99:
Disc 1 — Blu-Ray
First Play is Liberty Coin Service Infomercial leading to Main Menu
Alongside Night feature film in HD quality with audio options of 2-channel stereo or 6-channel Dolby 5.1 surround
Available captions: English SDH, Spanish, French
Director’s Commentary with J Neil Schulman interviewed by radio-talk-host Ernest Hancock
Special Feature: Alongside Night Graphic Novel Movie — the graphic novel accompanied by selections from the Alongside Night motion picture musical soundtrack
Disc 2 — DVD
First Play is Liberty Coin Service Infomercial leading to Main Menu
Alongside Night feature film in SD quality with audio options of 2-channel stereo or 6-channel Dolby 5.1 surround
Available captions: English SDH, Spanish, French
Director’s Commentary with J. Neil Schulman interviewed by radio-talk-host Ernest Hancock
Disc 3 — DVD
First Play is Video Extra “Al Laughs”
Video Extra Features
Hot Dog Cart
Welcome to Auxiliary
More Video Features
A Very Personal Message to Glenn Beck
Kevin Sorbo Interviews on Alongside Night
J. Neil Schulman Speech 2012 Libertopia
Alongside Night Teaser Trailer
J. Neil Schulman Presents
Alongside Night Stills Movie
Uncut Adam Kokesh Rally Speech
Ron Paul Interviews J. Neil Schulman
Reason TV Premiere Interview
Red Carpet Interviews
Alex Jones Interviews Sorbo & Schulman
Rick Amato interviews J. Neil Schulman
Vegas Inc interview wih J. Neil Schulman
Silicon Assassin Teasers
Adam vs The Man Cast Interviews
Samuel Edward Konkin III on Agorism
Anarchast Interview with J. Neil Schulman
Audio Extra Features
Unabridged Alongside Night Audiobook
Radio and Podcasts
Glenn Beck on Alongside Night Novel
Tony Conley Promo
Sam Sorbo Show interview with J. Neil Schulman
Free Talk Live interview with J. Neil Schulman
Lansing Radio Spot
Declare Your Independence (Ernest Hancock) Interview with J. Neil Schulman & J. Kent Hastings
The Peter Schiff Show interview with J. Neil Schulman
Ed Morrissey/Hot Air Interview with Kevin Sorbo
Asylum Radio Interview with J. Neil Schulman
Pat’s Town Square Media
Crypto Radio Show interview with J. Neil Schulman
Joe Messina interview with J. Neil Schulman
Things You Know with Pat Heller
Larry Elder Show interview with Kevin Sorbo
Cragg Live interview with Gary Graham
Seavy & Perry interview with J. Neil Schulman
Cragg Live interview with J. Neil Schulman
2nd Joe Messina interview with J. Neil Schulman
Declare Your Independence (Ernest Hancock) Interview with J. Neil Schulman
Computer-Accessible Extra Features
J. Neil Schulman’s Alongside Night — The Graphic Novel — MP4 Movie and PDF eBook
Alongside Night Unabridged Audiobook — MP3 files suitable for transfer to a personal media player
Musical Selections from the Motion Picture Soundtrack as MP3 files
Alongside Night — The Movie Edition novel as PDF eBook
Starring Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, God’s Not Dead), Said Faraj (Green Zone), Contact‘s and Starship Troopers‘ Jake Busey, Star Trek Voyager‘s Tim Russ and Garrett Wang, Alien Nation‘s Gary Graham, Men in Black 3‘s Valence Thomas, Parks and Recreation‘s Mara Marini, Lady Magdalene’s Ethan Keogh, Adam Meir and Susan Smythe, Kevin Sorbo’s real-life wife, actress Sam Sorbo, singer/songwriter Jordan Page, and real-life activist Adam Kokesh, as well as up-and-coming actors Christian Kramme, Reid Cox, Kyle Leatherberry, Rebekah Kennedy, Charlie Morgan Patton, and Eric Colton, this is a film far more current than The Hunger Games or Divergence series.
This is the story of Elliot Vreeland (Kramme), son of Nobel Prize-winning economist Dr. Martin Vreeland (Sorbo). When his family goes missing and while being shadowed by federal agents (Faraj and Leatherberry), Elliot, with the help of his mysterious companion Lorimer (Cox), explore the underground world of the Revolutionary Agorist Cadre to find them. It’s a story of romance, intrigue, action, adventure, and exhilarating science fiction thrills.
“Neil, Your novel and film ‘Alongside Night’ are both powerful works of art that promote Liberty.” — Grover Norquist
“J.Neil Schulman’s Alongside Night is at the forefront of libertarian cinema.” — Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
“Seeing the novel adapted into a full length movie was a dream come true.”
–Sean Gangol, The Libertarian Enterprise
I believe Alongside Night will advance the cause of liberty.”
–Dr. Ron Paul, Ron Paul Channel, June 16, 2014
“The story is, by turns, touching, suspense-filled, violent when violence was called for, highly polemic, and altogether satisfying.”
L. Neil Smith, The Libertarian Enterprise
“ It’s a handsomely produced film for its low budget. Well-acted and ingeniously directed.”
– John DeChancie, best-selling author
“J Neil Schulman’s film Alongside Night is just as brilliant as his original novel and it may be even more so with all of the anarcho-capitalist and libertarian visual Easter eggs placed in the background that are a treat and supreme delight for all of those in the know.”
— Justin Ptak, Facebook
“A movie dedicated to promoting liberty and warning about a too powerful government.” — Coos County Democrat
“Abundant professional talent …supported the making of this fine movie. The result is visually bright and stunning, laced and layered with great music and pregnant with the theme of the unquenchable human spirit seeking liberty.”
–Jerry Jewett, Prometheus Newsletter, Mondo Cult Online
Alongside Night has been recognized as an important projection of near-future crises on such diverse mass media as Fox News’ Red Eye, ABC’s On The Red Carpet, The Ron Paul Channel, Alex Jones’ Infowars, Reason.TV, the Larry Elder Show, Las Vegas Weekly, the Libertarian Republic, the Sam Sorbo Show, and many blogs, local TV and radio shows, and podcasts. With recommendations from Ron Paul and Alex Jones to their millions of listeners and viewers this movie has a fan base eagerly awaiting it.
I think many of us who followed the criminal and civil trials of O.J. Simpson will never forget Fred Goldman, father of the slain Ronald Goldman, standing alongside Simpson’s L.A. County criminal prosecutors as an accuser; later, when the criminal prosecution failed, personally suing O.J. Simpson in a second, civil trial. Ronald Lyle Goldman died a few weeks short of his 26th birthday.
Fred Goldman & Ron Goldman
More recently we’ve seen family members of Kate Steinle, victim of a ricochet bullet allegedly fired by undocumented immigrant Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, suing the “Sanctuary” City of San Francisco for wrongful death. At the time of her death Kathryn Steinle was 32.
Liz Sullivan and Jim Steinle
At the 2016 Democratic National Convention and interviewed afterwards we’ve heard “Gold Star” parents Khizr and Ghazala Khan accuse Hillary Clinton’s Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump, of failing to appreciate the sacrifice of their son U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who died during a 2004 deployment to Iraq. Captain Khan died at age 27.
Khizr and Ghazala Khan
Very recently we’ve learned of a lawsuit filed by the parents of movie actor Anton Yelchin against Fiat-Chrysler, manufacturers of an SUV that self-shifted into gear due to poor engineering design and crushed their son to death. Anton Yelchin died at age 27.
Victor and Irina Yelchin
It’s an odd notion that the parents of an adult have legal standing to recover monetary damages from the death, wrongful or not, of their offspring, as has been sought in three of these four instances.
It’s an odder notion, still, that the parents of an adult who died while in military service have some special grace, and media-granted immunity from counter-criticism, when they choose to stand before a national political convention to make a personal attack against the character of another political party’s nominee.
Fred Goldman never conducted a personal investigation into the death of his son. He has never known anything other than representations made to him by lawyers, trial witnesses, media pundits, and — frankly — bigots who were certain that his Jewish son was killed by a famous schwartze.
Yet with no special knowledge Fred Goldman has been allowed with no media criticism to denigrate a man whom a criminal jury acquitted and file a lawsuit for wrongful death after that criminal acquittal to recover damages on behalf of a grown-up son.
The parents of the adult Kate Steinle have been pawns used in a media campaign by Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly to pass federal legislation.
And whether or not the wonderful actor Anton Yelchin was killed due to incompetent automotive engineering, why are the parents of this adult entitled to a pay day?
In our progressive-minded legal system grief has become an entitlement. Grievers have become another victimized class, not to be criticized, but able to throw political and legal assaults with a political and media-manufactured code that says it’s wrongful to fight back.
This is utter statist villainy and it’s got to stop.
I wrote on this topic previously: Grief as a Pointed Gun